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Name: Hawa Lucas


Email: amadulucas@yahoo.com


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Better Known as Raven Riley stricks again watch out for this one


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2009-05-26, 20:56:06   (updated: )
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2010-01-31, 23:29:22   (updated: 2010-01-31, 23:41:19)
eviscerator  
Well, Hawa is at it again.

She claims to be 33, lives with her mother, and was once in the US for a short time. She does present one photo of her here, probably in the Inglewood, CA area, from what I can tell from the photo. She works in her 'Mum' shop, but is trained as a Chef. She has no job, and no income. so she says.

Usually, she hangs out on 'JDate', so beware.
She is really very nice, says all of the right things. Asks for phone time to be sent to her cell by Ghanaairtime. Cheap enough, but it can add up. To add legitimacy to her approach, she will call regularly. Note the background noises. Noisy birds, mostly. Note that when she calls from the airport, that this is the same sound, or when she calls from home. Remember that when she calls, she will need more minutes sent to her.
What she wants is a passport, visa, and the appropriate medical. This in itself is also not expensive (costs are listed on the Republic of Ghana website, and Visa costs, which are expensive, are listed on the US Department of State site). BUT, she will never leave Ghana. There will always be an excuse. And the documents will always be counterfeit.
She will ask for a 'declaration', the non existent requirement that Ghanians leaving the country carry $3000 with them so that they can 'take care of themselves when away from Ghana'. In reality, Ghana doesn't want anyone taking any money out of Ghana. There is no requirement to carry any money other than the $50 tax for travel outside of Ghana, paid at the airport. Hawa will always send you copies of 'documents'. Note that they are always written in 'patois', not quite English, with numerous spelling and syntax errors. Note that the docs come from 'The Peoples Republic of Ghana'. Note that if you go to the 'Republic of Ghana' website, that everything there is in perfect English. You can get all of the travel information from that site, including any requirements for cash when leaving or entering Ghana.
She will NEVER purchase the ticket, but will make as many reservations as you want, and give you the airline and reservation code so that you can see that she is 'serious' and has 'bought' a ticket. Of course, it is easy to find out if the ticket is paid for. It will usually say if it has not, and the deadline for payment. Airlines flying out of Ghana are KLM, and Emirates. Typical flights cost from $1100 one way to $1200 round trip. Typically, she will ask for $850, which doesn't make any sense at all, even if she says that her 'Auntie' works for KLM.
Typically, she will complain that here lap top is 'frozen', with a virus and needs a 'Hide My IP' program to be fixed. This is silly. She needs 'Hide My IP' because she has been banned from here favorite site, and several others as well (and is running out of Yahoo accounts). It could be that her lap top is virus infected, and pretty much useless. Her only copy of the operating system is also infected, so this is a loser for her, but probably good for everyone else. She claims to keep in contact by going to her friend to chat online. She says that this is dangerous as she has to walk home at night. Anyway, with her laptop out of action (hmmm, is it really broken???), there is one less scammer.
She will also ask for money to cover her internet, as she can't pay the bill, and doesn't want to be out of contact with you. Money for hair and nails. She will ask you to receive goods at your home, to ship to her in Ghana. These goods will ALWAYS be paid by stolen credit card numbers, and the shipping will always be by fraudulent FedEx, her 'uncle's' account. Shipping of anything to Ghana is expensive. Ship 50 lbs of merchandise, and the bill will be close to $1000 usd. I was lucky. I had FedEx check the account a week before hand. One person that turns up often in these transactions is a guy named John Leach. Hawa claims that John Leach is trying to steal her property (while buying things for her and 'Mum' in the US for shipment to Ghana). I am thinking that he is more than that. Everything that John Leach is involved in is criminal. He sometimes uses a spoofed US or Canadian phone number.
And then, there is that old Ghana/Nigeria standby. She doesn't have any food, and needs $150 to go to the market to buy foodstuffs. Heart breaking.
Especially if you look up her address. She lives across from the new Presidential Palace, in a very nice neighborhood, in a house that is nearly 3000 sq' by my estimation of the satellite picture. It is a very nice house, as you can see if you get enough of her pictures.
She says that here father was a very important person, who died in a car crash. He left the house to her and 'Mum'. And little else, except for the 'treasure' and 'property with houses, worth millions'.
She will tell you that she has property to sell, and that she wants the proceedes deposited in the US prior to her arrival. You will be called by several 'buyers' demanding that, in order to deposit the money into your account (that you set up in your name for her), that you have an equity credit line of $10,000 or more. This is 'security' for the buyer. They will send you a form to fill out as a 'loan application', which requires your account number, wire transfer code (OK, and necessary if they want to transfer money), along with your DOB, SSN and pass code/PIN for your account (not OK, obviously). Or, they will tell you that there are 'problems at the bank' with the wire transfer and that it would be easier to just credit the amount to your credit card, which must have a limit of at least $10,000. They will want the numbers, mother's maiden name, SSN, and the security code... Note that buyers have BC phone numbers. Sometimes, you will get calls from Ghanian phones as well.
And if you don't give the requested information to them, Hawa will be cross with you, and question your love for her.
In fact, she questions your love for her any time you hesitate to do what she says. 'You don't know what goes on here' she will say.
She will also talk about having a 'treasure', which will require $14,000 to be paid for release to you. People will call you, letting you know that the treasure has been flown to New York, or Atlanta (by diplomatic courier), and that you need to fly there and make the payment, securing her assets in the US prior to her arrival. Sometimes, they will bargain with you on the price to release the treasure. Of course, if you don't run off to Atlanta with $14K in your pocket, Hawa will tell you that the money is still at the gold depository in Accra. No, the treasure is not gold, but in US $$. Ask her how big the box is. She has no idea as to how big a package that much money really is, or how much it weighs.
Anyway, she cannot get to the treasure until she is married, and her new husband has to open the box.
But she is starving and needs money for food, needs money to get her hair done, needs money for her internet connection...
Her letters are typical of scammers. Quick to fall in love, quick to pledge here body and soul to you, and promise to come to you and bear your children. Lovely woman.
But what she wont do is send you an unphotoshopped picture, with something that shows time and date, or a location. She will not show a picture of herself and 'Mum', nor will she send you a picture of 'Mum's shop' , or one of her in the shop. She will not hold up a simple piece of paper with a date, hand written on it, or a personal note. She will brazenly photoshop one.
She will not, under any circumstances go to an internet cafe, and pay a couple of dollars to get online with a web cam to say hello, and show her true identity. This gets tiresome, to be asking for her to do this one little thing to prove her love. Hawa will never do anything for you. Not do a single thing you ask, that might reveal who she really is.
Hawa doesn't like it when 'you don't trust me' or think that she is lying. That is probably a good thing for you.
All of the above is typical behavior for any scammer. Though it is tempting to think of such relationships as being real, understand that no amount of money will buy them out of Ghana, and nothing will ever get then to show themselves on a webcam chat line.
I have included a picture that was running on Jdate back in July/August.


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2010-02-02, 06:37:35
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Well, thank you for the information about Hawar. It sounded remarkably similiar to the situation I've found myself in now; -A young woman from Ghana, ALLEGEDLY, who wants airtime bought from the GHANAAIRTIME web-site, and yes I met her through a very shonky dating site, 'Be2' -- and when I asked for a photo with a hand-written note, or a newspaper showing the date, I received a photoshopped pic! But then the absolute clincher here was your photo of Hawar! It looks remarkably like the photo I received, but her name's supposed to be Lydia! The thing is, I asked her what does the t-shirt say? She or he can't read it in the photo. Their English isn't good enough. I can read it. It took a while to be sure, but I am sure what it says, and these people who are supposed to be wearing the shirt can't tell me what it says. The caption is a pun on the graphic, of course. When asked, he/she just tells me it says, 'GALLY LELLE' and claims that to be the name of the shirt's designer! Where she or rather he also claims that she works in the Fashion industry.
With their linguistic & cultural background, they can't read the shirt in the photo because of the difficult angle, and the wearer's hair is obscuring some of the caption. IF These were real people actually in possession of the shirt in question, THEN They could read surely. But that's the point. These are not people with the t-shirt to be able to read it. These are people with only a copy of the photo to read. And in the photo, the caption is partially obscured and presented at a difficult angle. Even as a native speaker of English I took a while to work the shirt out. But not too long.
When asked to see the shirt on cam, or that she read the shirt and tell me what it says, there's always some elaborate story as to where the shirt's gone on loan to some friend or another, etc. You get the picture!


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2010-02-11, 10:53:57
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We have the same person. What last name is 'Lydia' using? When was your last contact?

Here is a newer photo.

This is the oldest photo that I have seen of her. I have about 40 images, evidently done over a few years. She now has a piercing or two, and some tats. She has quite a portfolio. There are more images available. Due to the number and type of images, I have to wonder about the relationship between 'Hawa/Lydia' and the subject in the photos.

She does speak and read English. Her accent is, I think, Russian. I don't think that the person who handles the chat is the same person that calls. Sometimes, when she gets online, the person chatting will have near perfect syntax and spelling.

All the phone numbers are located in Ghana. Her personal number, where she wants the minutes sent, will not answer when called, but it does turn up on my caller ID. Addresses are easily confirmed to be in Ghana as well. The home address is in a very nice neighborhood, easily confirmed by Google Earth. The home interior where most of the photos were taken is a likely match.

Tell her that you want to send an expensive gift to her, and that she will have to be identifiable to the courier. Tell here that the courier would have a picture of HER, and she must be the one to pick up the expensive item (say a new lap top). You will need an address where she can pick up the gift in person. She will need picture ID as well.

Bet that she can't comply... Even for a new lap top.




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2010-02-11, 15:39:17   (updated: 2010-02-11, 15:42:51)
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We have the same person. What last name is 'Lydia' using? When was your last contact?
Here is a newer photo.
This is the oldest photo that I have seen of her. I have about 40 images, evidently done over a few years. She now has a piercing or two, and some tats. She has quite a portfolio. There are more images available. Due to the number and type of images, I have to wonder about the relationship between 'Hawa/Lydia' and the subject in the photos.
She does speak and read English. Her accent has Ghanian patois. Ghana was originally British, btw, and the accent there is, well, a little strange to my ears. Her accent is definitely similar to others that I have spoken to at the Ghanian Embassy, as well as others that I have talked to doing business in Ghana. I don't think that the person who handles the chat is always the same person that calls. Sometimes, when she gets online, the person chatting will have near perfect syntax and spelling. Otherwise, it is typical Ghanian, high school education. Not culturally lacking, but needing a little more time to digest English as we speak it, even though it is a first language there. Don't be fooled by the accent or by the style of writing. It is a standard way of writing informally. You can now identify any Ghanian Scammer in three lines.
All her phone numbers are located in Ghana. Her personal number, where she wants the minutes sent, will not answer when called (her choice), but it does turn up on my caller ID. Addresses are easily confirmed to be in Ghana as well. The home address is in a very nice neighborhood, easily confirmed by Google Earth. The home interior where most of the photos were taken is a likely match.
She will never be able to identify herself to you in a picture.
You can try to identify her IP through Yahoo. But this doesn't really help. Best bet is to save your money, and find a nice girl nearby.
2010-02-11, 18:18:46
anonymous from United States  
How you doing today and your family??

Do you have DOUBT ABOUT ME?I am young but I have experienced the joy of love and pain of hurt before. I had to walk away to save myself from walking into more than i could handle. I may be nothing more than a romantic idealist at heart, I cannot help it. But people either move me inside, deep in my soul, or they do not. I write you because you did. You touched me with your words and made me feel safe and feel loved again. I am waiting for you. I have been here waiting to write to you about how we will have a good time together, but did not know where to start from. I know we have many miles separating us but i know we will make it through someday. I have never seen you, but i know that you are perfect for me. We are perfect for each other, in every way. From time to time i ask myself why i chose you ... what is so special about you? Well, the reason is simple, I chose you because you are YOU! Your great personalities and moral that shines to me i have never had anyone treat me the way you do with so much attention. I have never had anyone just look at me and make me feel beautiful. You do that to me! You make me feel special and wanted. As liberal as i can be, I would never do anything to hurt you. Sweetie very thing I wish to do was left undone because of this unexplainable emotion. My admiration was still bubbling within me these past lonely days.

Truthfully, and undoubtedly, I can fool anyone but I cannot fool myself. I would be a great liar if I uttered that I'm not in love with you. No matter what you think or say, all I can say is; I really love you with all my heart and I will not hesitate if you will give me just a little time to prove my feelings of endearment and to prove to you that I'm deserving of your feelings, from your heart.

My dearly beloved, you became so honorable in my eyes, like a precious gem, counted with extremely good intellectual reasoning makes me emotionally struck and speechless. I am very serious now in telling you that I can no longer endure such extreme anxiety and sleepless nights that I am experiencing right of this moment.

Since the first day i read from you.... I felt I was living in a new and wonderful world, full of love. And the sun is brighter, the pastures became greener and everything I do was magnificent. You should inculcate and instill in your mind that 'I cherish you so much'. Such love, like everything, deserves to be given much attention and care in order to grow more and more.

2010-02-12, 22:08:22   (updated: 2010-02-12, 22:20:44)
anonymous  
'The thing I wish to do was left undone because of this unexplainable emotion'
What? She loves so much, that she has to scam you? Let me see if I have this right. 'You are so good to me, so wonderful, make me feel loved, that I will take your gifts, and not come to you'.
One of the universal qualities of scammers is that they never can come up with a coherent statement. They do whatever they do out of 'love'.
Ain't love grand?
Imagine what she could do if she really wanted to scam you.
'Sorry that you had to learn this way. It sucks, doesn't it?

 

 

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